Middle Temple Hall, Middle Temple
Photographer: Dixon, Henry (1820 - 1892)
Medium: Photographic print
"Middle Temple Hall, one of the finest works of the Renaissance in England, was built between 1562 and 1572; the date 1570 appears in the window shown in the photograph. This date destroys the tradition that the screen was built from the spoils of the Spanish Armada, which put to sea only several years later. In addition to its beauty, the Hall has a great claim on our interest, in that the first record we have of Shakespeares Twelfth Night is contained in an entry in the diary of a student of the Middle Temple of a performance of the play in this Hall...
...The marble bust seen in the picture represents Plowden, who was Treasurer of the Inn when the present Hall was built."
Letterpress by Alfred Marks from 'Photographs of Old London'.